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Making Gardening Cool

BY LIV WORSNOP
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 09, 2013

In "Making Gardening Cool" From PechaKucha Christchurch Vol. 17Liv Worsnop shares the story of how the Plant Gang, a group that spends their time restoring abandoned urban spaces with local plant life, had made gardening in Christchurch cool again. 

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Heaven is a Garden

BY JAN JOHNSEN
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 28, 2014

In "Heaven is a Garden" From PechaKucha Night Garrison Vol. 7, Jan Johnsen tells us all about her love for beautiful gardens. She states that being in nature enhances our well-being, and encourages everyone to transform their yards into places of serenity. Jan emphasizes the importance of finding one’s niche within these delightful, natural spaces. 

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Living with Nature

BY WARREN DECKER
@ VOL 24 ON APR 17, 2015

Warren Decker tells about a small piece of land that he adopted in his neighborhood for gardening and how the plants in his life offer both piece of mind and connections to the earth.

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Growing Sustainable Students

BY COREY ARMSTRONG
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 27, 2015

Frostburg State University works in ways to create a sustainable way of life with composting, water run off, improving local growers and policy, creating partnerships and more! Check out this presentation to see some of their projects and cool ways to stay sustainable! 

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Community, Gardening

BY JENNA COWIE
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 13, 2016

Jenna Cowie talks through the dreams and goals for the Incredible Edible Broome group!

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Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley

BY LAUREN MAPLES
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

"Teaching kids about food is a way to teach them about everything."

In Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley at PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16Lauren Maples walks us through the importance and strength of a sustainable, natural, and health-conscious education. While teaching yoga and dance in public schools, she developed the Bija approach - which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience. 

Lauren has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies including San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet, and holds a BA from New School. 

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The Beauty of Compost

BY ALISSA LACHANCE
@ VOL 1 ON APR 19, 2017

Alissa LaChance explores the ecology and complexity of good soil and rich compost for gardens and agriculture. This informative PK gives an in depth perspective on why we should care about good dirt and how this lead to the creation of her new business, Dirt Rich.

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Local Food and Healthy Kids

BY JENNY MONTAGUE
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 09, 2017

Jenny Montague has a unique passion for bringing healthy lunches to schools and rethinking the way we feed kids in the lunch line. 

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Small Farm Life

BY PAM GERWE
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 09, 2017

Pam Gerwe has owned Purple Frog Gardens in Whitefish, Montana since 1991. She shares her experience of owning a small organic farm and how Purple Frog Gardens has learned to embrace the community to promote healthy food and farming.

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The Good Seed Project

BY ISABEL ARVEA
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On May 12th, the members of the project team created an Open House Welcome Reception for a nonprofit organization new to Long Beach, The Good Seed, a nonprofit that works with transitional age youth that are homeless providing supportive, nurturing and specialized care. The project team also worked to help improve the outdoor grounds area within the facility property through landscaping and general cleaning. As the facility was formerly a school, the project team facilitated equipment, supplies and service donations to assist in making the building more compatible to accommodate serving the clientele.

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Anne Gross and Guerrilla Gardening

At PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 63, Anne Gross gave a presentation on what she called "Guerrilla Gardening," a Landscape Architecture project she worked on at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany. 40 students recovered 10 city sites of wasteland and turned them into gardens -- Guerrilla Gardening. We all together organized every single step, from designing to financial support and realization, up to a great opening event that included a symposium. Below, a few images from Anne's presentation.

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PKN Raglan Vol. 1

Raglan recently hosted its very first PechaKucha Night, and here now is a look at how things went courtesy of a report sent in by organizer Rodger Gallagher. Last night's first PechaKucha Night at the Old School Arts Centre was a great success with standing room only in the theatre room. The evening started with David Wimmer giving his presentation on the work that he and Frank did in Samoa helping the Samoans rebuild 'upstairs' after the tsunami. Dirk de Ruysscher covered the very interesting bike ride he has developed to the Nikau cave near Port Waikato. The trip includes harbour crossing and two days riding on metal roads with some amazing scenery along the way and of course an unspoilt cave at the overnight stop. Jean Carbon finished the first half with her presentation on traditional textiles along the Silk Road. The 'Beer Break' proved very popular and it was difficult to get the audience back for the second half. Pieter ten Broek's photos of board and kite sports around Raglan drew gasps of amazement from the audience. Wanda Barker provided a contrast with her history of Femme Art and the proposition that it needs to be revitalised. Hilary Ramage covered creative development through a series of prints. Finishing the night was Jon Berczley who took us right from the seed through to putting food on the plate with his gardening passion. Arts Council Chairperson, Rodger Gallagher said that the PechaKucha Night was one of the most successful events held at the Arts Centre and everybody is keen for the next evening on the 4th June. Full list of presenters: - David Wimmer on the rebuilding work he helped with after the Samoan tsunami - Amanda Watson on creating her paintings - Dirk de Ruysscher on mountain biking around Whaingaroa - Rodger Gallagher on the evolving architecture and use of the Old School since 1883 -- including 1st public viewing of plans recently discovered in the National Archives - Linda Holmes on favourite photos - Jean Carbon on textiles along the Silk Road - Pieter ten Broek on surfing, kite and skate boarding in Raglan - Wanda Barker on Femme Art - Yann Bordier on living and sailing in the Caribbean - Sioux Swann on Ruapuke Sunsets - Hilary Ramage on creative printmaking - Jon Berczely on seeds Below, a look at the flyer for PKN Raglan Vol. 1.

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Humanity and the Environment

There will be a one-off PechaKucha event happening this Wednesday (April 27) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Organized by the Avant-Gardening Club, the theme is "Humanity and the Environment," and you'll find the list of presenters on the flyer above.

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The Gardens of Blue Mountains and the Evolution of a Designer

Keris Macarthur is a writer and gardener. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), she talks about her love of Blue Mountains gardens, including her own, and how she sees gardening as a creative outlet. For Keris, you can find pure happiness in piles of soil, with all of its untapped possibilities. Quentin Thiaucourt is a designer, and in this presentation (in French, from PKN Bordeaux Vol. 4) he takes us on a tour of the works that have marked his career so far, starting with work he produced as a young boy!

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Dolls and Plants

Linda Spåman shares her passion for art and contemporary gardening, and as you'll see in her presentation (in Swedish, from PKN Varberg Vol. 2), she finds a way to combine both.

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The World's Best City When It's Smoggy

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Shanghai Vol. 21), Jesper Larsson applies his previous ideas for turning Gothenburg into "The World's Best City When It Rains" to Shanghai, asking how to turn the city’s smog problem into a benefit. He looks at using lasers and UV lights to put a unique spin on everything from tai chi to punk rock, and suggests that using plants and urban gardening could turn parts of the city into clean air havens.

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Making Gardening Cool

Beautifying the local environment will never go out of style.  Liv Worsnop is the guardian of Plant Gang, a group that goes to abandoned lots and revitalizes them. In her presentation, "Making Gardening Cool" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 17, Liv speaks on how they clean the disheveled property, plant plants, and turn it into a beautiful zen garden. Plant Gang's popularity is growing and new business opportunities are flowering. Gardening has truly become cool in Christchurch.

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PechaKucha Night Iloilo Vol.1

Congrats to Volume 1 of PechaKucha Night Iloilo! The crowd was great, the presenters and performers were awesome, overall vibe was amazing. Seems like a successful event! The speakers delivered amazing presentations. Inspiring stuff from Harren Fegarido who talked about Project Iloilo, a blog-podcast project that aims to document and spread Iloilo culture, Myka Perlas, the brains behind Live by Healthy Kitchen, who emphasized the importance of healthy living by healthy eating, Clem Tan of Herbs in Pots who discussed the importance and the science of sustainable urban gardening and food growing. Stand out presentations that challenged the crowd were from Ayn Bedonia, a practicing OB-Gyne in the city who graphically talked about the dangers of unprotected sex, and Johann Bolaño, a part of the Aftersyx collective (whose talk was reminiscent of a Saul Williams performance by the way) stressed that it is our roles as Ilonggo consumers (in terms of music and the arts) to dictate and shape the culture scene of Iloilo. Performances from our spoken poets were powerful and evocative. Tecia's and Mica's works were dark and emotional. The lovely Hiligaynon poem by Kristine was cute, raw, and remindful of rural times. Thanks for coming and supporting, friends! Was a good turn out for our first/experiment run! Need to improve on a lot of things but all in all, amazing vibe. Thanks to Brew Burgers and Cafe for the venue, Martinellee's Pit Stop for the equipment, Live by Healthy Kitchen for the free food, Herbs in Pots for the plant giveaways, Aftersyx Radio for providing the music and for broadcasting the "post-party" discussion/event review, Project Iloilo and Kasingkasing Press for the support. Thanks to Garry Balcoba for an amazing live tattoo session. Shout out also goes out to High Society Iloilo, La Roasteria, Gus the Medisina Man. Thanks to the global headquarters of PechaKucha as well for the sweet video message welcoming Iloilo as an accredited/official PechaKucha city and a part of the global PechaKucha network! Thanks to the BTS people for making sure that the presentations were able to run smoothly: Kae, Poof, Royah, Ivy, and everyone else! Photos of the event will be posted soon. Let's use this platform to encourage/prod/celebrate the growth of the creative scene in Iloilo! Hope you guys are as excited as we are! We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did. And we hope you took something from it. Powah to the people! Peace out! 'Til the next PechaKucha Night! If you want to participate/present in the next events, feel free to shoot us an email at pkniloilo@gmail.com.

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Monkeys Go Green

  "The world is abundant. If you’re willing to take leftovers, you can get nearly everything. Just ask for it." In Monkeys Go Green from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30, Roos Derks shares on her urban gardening projects. Starting off on a polluted and neglected old rubber factory terrain, Derks brings us to the political and cultural center of the Mandril in Maastricht. Guided by insights from Social Permaculture, she shows why these type of projects are surprisingly doable, important, and a lot of fun.

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Thought Bubble: The first Birstein PKN

Two days later. The first PKN in Birstein is over. No, I was not nervous before the event — but somehow eased after it … There are different ways to look at PKN Birstein #1. In the front end I was not really enthusiastic that we had zero people for speaker's slots. I also felt disappointed about the rather small audience. Well, I knew we would not have a head start here on the countryside, where cultural events sometimes make me feel like one needed to create a new expression for not to misuse the word "culture". :-) We (Anke and I) tried to make up for the missing speakers and prepared five lectures ourselves — instead of the expected two that we wanted to add to the zillions of applications. We really invested in our first PK speeches. Especially Anke did a great job and I have the strong feeling that she personally grew that evening: She delivered wonderful speeches about natural gardening and memories of the last years renovating our historic farm. Thank's for all of you support and enthusiasm, Anke!   It was so good to see how much the audience liked what we delivered. People were quite amazed that something like this PKN did happen in our region. Even though I wished things were a little easier — we set up a nice event, the audience was as enthusiastic as the speakers and everyone was happy in the end. How come I was happy — not having external speakers and a small audience only? Well, we already started to plan our next PKN event and we have some speakers in the pipeline! People start to notice that this is serious and a good thing to support. I guess it will be a long way to achieve my goal to build a PK community here in our "Vogelsberg" region though. We made a start and sometimes this first step is the most important action in such a project. I am thankful that Astrid and Mark gave us the chance to use the PK organization and network bring something to Birstein that is outstanding. I never expected that they would accept our application considering that we live a a small community "out in the woods". After our first PKN I feel that both Astrid and Mark in Tokyo and we in Birstein did the right thing. Birstein for sure is not Tel Aviv — but we will make PKN something that is unique for our rural region. And one day we might be a blueprint for other areas where "culture" is mostly defined as something that happens in the big cities only. Cheers, Frank